Thursday, July 10, 2008


Banana and Rope

Oil on board, 6" x 6"
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Doing this Odd Couple series has made me realize that the human need to make "sense" of what we see is very strong. No matter how bizarre or unlikely a combination may be, our minds go right to work forging connections, searching for ways to rationalize why these objects are together.

As I worked on this painting I began to feel it was not such a strange combination as I first thought. I began thinking of "banana boats" and how early cargos were transported on sailing ships. And of course, what does a sailing ship have plenty of?...rope.

11 comments:

Martha Miller said...

and of course simply in terms of form, there are the echoing curves of the rope and the banana.

beautiful composition! love the yellow shadow!

LOVE this series.

kim shields said...

I thought the same thing before I even read your journaling. Bananas, tropical, boats, rope? I see a connection there. You did an excellent job on the rope.

Don Gray said...

Hi Martha, thanks for the encouraging words. I'm having fun with this series.

Don Gray said...

Your first reaction is interesting, Kim. Guess this isn't such an odd couple. But it was fun to do, anyway. Thanks for your comments.

Anonymous said...

Is the banana repressed?

Don Gray said...

I don't know, anonymous. What are the warning signs of banana repression?

Martha Miller said...

sometimes a banana is just a banana!

PAT MEYER -- said...

Most don't realize the difficult job this is to give such life to this painting. The ropes are done to perfection.

Susan Beauchemin said...

A rope and a banana--sort of basic--like things you'd need to survive--I like your not so odd series.

Don Gray said...

I appreciate that, Pat--thanks.

Don Gray said...

Yeah, that's all I need...just drop me in the wilderness with a hank of rope and a banana! Thanks, Sue :)